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This book is a really nice overview of the current state of modern software development processes. There isn't a better collection of information on SDLC in one place that I have seen.  It gives a great overview of the Unified Process, MBASE. Scrum, XP, Lean, FDD, Agile-Up, and Lean-Agile. After the book thoroughly explains what SDLC 3.0 is, it shows how it relates to current processes like PMBOK, Enterprise Unified Process, TOGAF, Zachman, and Acquisition (COTS). The author has created a plugin for IBM Rational Method Composer, but it is not available to the public. It is used during the author's consulting engagements. Having the process repository available in a configurable format is a must to make it usable for anything beyond an educational resource. I really like the fact that the author introduces Systems Thinking. One major resource the author missed is the boo... (more)

METRO = Microsoft's Embarrassing Try Re-creating iOS

So, after spending a few days playing with the preview and watching more sessions, I can say my current mindset is summed up in the image below. I don't see this reinvention like their last one. Instead of introducing cutting edge .NET tools to their legacy VB6 developers, they are introducing legacy tools to their legacy .NET developers. I would not think I would have to explain to someone that they just stepped in dog crap. Download it and sniff it yourself. If you are drinking their Kool-aid, more power to you. I respected the violinists in the titanic movie too. I may even be ... (more)

The Core iOS 6 Developer's Cookbook Book Review

I did not look closely at the description of this book before acquiring it. I mistakenly thought it was going to be about the Core Frameworks iOS has to offer. I thought that because I own the previous version of the author's book The iOS 5 Developer's Cookbook: Core Concepts and Essential Recipes for iOS Programmers. It turns out the lineup is just being restructured and the iOS 5 Developer's Cookbook: Core Concepts and Essential Recipes for iOS Programmers is being broken into two volumes and a tutorial book. This is the first of a 2 volume cookbook set. I think the more approp... (more)

Book Review: Sams Teach Yourself iOS 6 Application Development in 24 Hrs

If you want to learn iOS 6 development, this is a great place to start. The book spends the first several chapters covering the basics. The author first shows you how to get your system setup and how to install Xcode. He then covers the Xcode interface and the iOS simulator. After that he provides a short primer on Objective-C and then covers the Cocoa touch layers and the frameworks they contain. There are a ton of them but the author does a nice job of introducing them. You leave Hour 4 with a great understanding of the tools you have access to. The author continues with twenty m... (more)

Book Review: C# 4 Unleashed

The author of this book starts off by answering the question, "Why do we need another C# book?". I was asking myself that very question as I turned to the introduction. He says "In short, what sets this book apart from many others is its in-depth coverage of how things work." As far as C# 4.0 books go, I have read C# 4.0 in a Nutshell: The Definitive Reference, Pro C# 2010 and the .NET 4 Platform, and CLR via C# (Dev-Pro) . All very good books, very good!!! C# 4.0 Unleashed belongs on the shelf with them. The author does indeed break down the C# language in a unique and very enjo... (more)